Here’s a sneak peak of a modern kitchen I am hoping to revive in Minneapolis. The home is a fifties rambler. While the existing, white kitchen has not quite flatlined, it’s close, and I intend to defibrillate it. Here’s how (stand back):
- Open up the kitchen to the dining room
- Reconfigure the generous formal dining room to include a small family room.
- Remove the wall between the dining room and living room. Construct a visual screen in its place to retain privacy and create interest.
- Lower the scale of the vaulted space to a more comfortable human dimension by adding a horizontal soffit and wall that give the occupants a visual clue to the true height (a datum).
- Add color and texture to surfaces as a relief to the bland sheetrock walls.
- Add a skylight in the kitchen.
- Accentuate the horizontality of the space to make it feel larger.
- Provide interest with layering and transparency.
Stay tuned. The next step is mouth to mouth (aka, refine the design).